Graduate Research

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Julia Tatum looks through a Leica survey instrument

Field Journal

What forest ecology research looks like on the ground


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Take it to the Next Level

Explore the programs and opportunities in Western’s Graduate School


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Undergrad Research

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Western’s focus on undergraduate research means students don't have to wait until they're a graduate student to work directly with professors to get involved, solve real-world problems, and present and publish their work. Western’s students do cutting-edge research, take renewable energy to the next level, design race cars, make art, create apps, and turn recycled waste into useful objects.

Faculty Research

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Melissa leans againts a seat in the Planetarium

The Truth is Out There

If we can find evidence of microbial life on Mars, we would be that much closer to answering the question we all have: ‘Are we alone in the universe?'

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Melissa Rice
Geology and Physics
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Jeff Carroll Secures New Research Funding Stream from the CHDI Foundation


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Jeff Carroll
Department of Psychology
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New novel by WWU’s Kate Trueblood shines light on the at-times harsh realities of modern family life


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Kate Trueblood
English Department
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Hilary Schwandt sets high expectations


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Hilary Schwandt
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Some Statistics



Sun behind a rain cloud #7 Among all Master's granting institutions in the country for total R&D spending (HERD Survey, National Science Foundation)
lake surrounded by trees 18:1 student-to-faculty-ratio
Map with a dotted path and an X #7 Out of more than 600 institutions, Western ranks in the TOP 10 nationally for graduates who go on to earn research doctorates -Survey of Earned Doctorates
river running down from pointed mountains 5 Fulbright winners in 2018-2019
heron standing in a pond 1 of the Top 10 outdoor sculpture collections in the country with over 35 installations throughout the campus
Clouds and islands poking out of a bay #5 Peace Corps volunteer-producting university among medium sized schools in 2019
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Gaia is Western’s online journal of research, scholarship and discovery


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